I can put together a Fx55 rig with maybe a 7950gt or a E6300 with a 7900gs. This would be for gaming only. I know I could swap out a diff. GPU but in general for cost, I was just thinking about CPU's. Any comments would be great. Thanks
He!!, for 129 bucks it might be nice to get that FX sticker and unlocked multipliers Fx-55 129.99 (San Diego), but I would still go with the e6300 and depending if you are looking to overclock maybe even the e6400.
A year or more ago, the FX55 was a decent cpu. It can overclock pretty well and is now a good price. But, as others have said, its single core and the future belongs to multi cores; dual, quad, and whatever else shows up.
I can only agree to what´s been said.But it´s tough to decide because of the video cards you list. For gaming,definately the 7950gt,no matter what cpu.But the FX-55 is only single core...Best answer is a few more bucks,but that´s always the problem,isn´t it?That´s why i run a 7600gt with a 3000+.
E6300; nobody should consider singlecores any more if they have the budget for a dual or quad core. Even if one option a FX-55 or 57 (the best single core), a dual core is a dual core, end of the discussion.
As everyone else has said, the FX55 was mighty, but its time is gone - it is an old chip, and that's why they're being discounted. The E6300 would be better.
Best bet, bang for buck, however is an Opteron 165 or Opteron 170 right now (available from NewEgg if they haven't run out yet)... around $150 to $170, and they overclock from 40 to 50% almost every one. Not as fast as the very top E6600/E6700 C2D, but a lot cheaper. You would be stuck with DDR memory, however, which while not a performance problem in the least, would limit future upgrades.